838 tracks by James Michael Taylor

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One day as I was turning into my driveway I saw Rita on her porch. She's a lot like me. AL & RITA Al was a smoker. He's dead now, of course Al has Alzheimer's. Alcohol made it worse Al had a family, two sons and a wife Everyone said…
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Things add up and a song comes along to tell you what it all adds up to. Every time I try to pin down why I wrote this and to whom I wrote it it just slips out of my grasp again and smiles. I THINK it is a nod to a Facebook Friend, poet named…
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PORTAL and HAPPINESS and TIME are three of the songs on my new CD, EUREKA. Short pieces.
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My motto is INWARD THRU THE FOG. One day about a month ago, Laura 'Taylor' Whitfield told me I should, "write that song." Thinking back on a fog-bound night in California, I wrote it. Norman Pilcher, a friend from Texas, and I were headed north…
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This song is just what it is and says what it says. It's where I am and where my hopes lie. It all just happens to fit into a song... WHEN PEGGY COMES HOME When Peggy comes home I’ll have the dishes put away The floor will be swept and…
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This story is a poem sent to me by Lesley Sawyer from a blog on her MySpace site and I put it to music and am posting it so she can hear it and maybe see if it's alright. We don't know who wrote the poem. If anybody does please tell me. j mt
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Sequoia Memories... Off the coast of California Where the dolphins ride the waves We stood and watched them from the cliffs above Until the sunlight went away Then we slept in ancient shadows Underneath the redwood trees Now the warmth…
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Growing up is hard. For everyone. I once had a Facebook Friend named Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick. A poet, from Midland, Texas, doing advanced studies at Sarah Lawrence. She was so good she could write a hundred pages about how she couldn…
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One night after three month of no rain, as we were driving home from singing at Gringos in Grapevine a splash of water hit the windshield. I said to myself, "Sweet Rain." I went home and wrote the song. It's on the soundtrack of a movie called…
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Michael Jeffrey showed me a progression on the guitar. I wrote words to go with it.
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We were shooting this movie one day when they needed a song for a dance scene. I said, "I wrote a song that might fit here." The director agreed and I ended up getting to write all the music for that movie, RED DESERT PENITENTIARY. directed by…
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John Steinbeck wrote a book called IN DUBIOUS BATTLE and a book called GRAPES OF WRATH. I wrote this after reading IN DUBIOUS BATTLE and watching the John Ford movie of GRAPES OF WRATH. The opening and closing statements are quotes from the Preacher…
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I listened to Emilie's music on her MySpace site and was prompted to write this song. Emilie She's been there. She'll be there. She's part of the landscape At old Uncle Calvin's she's grandfathered in. She'll be there when you need…
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This song tells about a guy I know named Gene. GENE Gene had a girlfriend The band would play and they would dance She was tall and Gene was tall A lovely late romance They'd smile and hold each other They'd sit and share a drink Holding…
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I was trying to find an image that expresses how lonely and abandoned I feel. This was it.
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Rick Babb came to me with this song he had written thinking it might express how I feel about the person missing from my life. It did. I rewrote the verses.
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Well, you see, I got left and it wasn't right and with all that stress it just broke. Just like that.
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